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Major Louis Cukela was awarded both the Navy and Army Medals of Honor for extraordinary heroism in France during World War I. The same act of heroism also brought decorations from France, Italy, and his native Yugoslavia. Louis Cukela was born in Sebenes, Austria (what is now Sibenik, Croatia), on 1 May 1888. He was educated in the grade schools of Spalato, then attended the Merchant Academy and later, the Royal Gymnasium, both for two year courses. In 1913, he emigrated to the United States an


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